Dental fillings: do we need them or not?

1. If we have no pain, we have no problem

In the early stages, cavities, gingivitis, and other oral conditions are not painful.

“When the pain occurs, it may be too late for the nerve to be affected and need to be removed.

This will decrease the tooth resistance, which may get a slightly yellowish-brown color.

Many patients get to the dental office when the infection has reached the tip of the root and has already produced abscesses or other complications. ”

2. Placing a tooth is a painful procedure

One of the most common reasons why patients avoid going to the dentist is fearing that the treatment will be painful. In fact, canal or dental fillings are relatively comfortable procedures. Treatment will begin with local anesthetic use, so that nearby teeth and tissues are numb before proceeding with area cleansing and tooth filling.

3. A black-brown stain on the tooth is a caries

Not always, but only when the tooth has a cavity in that area. Tartar may be blackish-brown, not just yellow, and smoking may also produce brown dots in dental areas.

4. Cavities are made of sweets

“This is partly true: sweets cause caries only if they remain in the mouth for a long time to be decomposed by bacteria. If the sugars are consumed during the meal and then we wash our teeth immediately, this risk is reduced considerably, “explains the orthodontist.

5. Sugar-free carbonated drinks do not produce caries

This is a myth, the truth being that the acids in the carbonated beverage composition are extremely harmful because they remove the calcium from the teeth. Their gradual consumption prolongs the period when the pH is kept low, demineralizing the teeth.

6. Once it appears, it can not be healed

“Dental caries have an early stage called” white creamy spot “, which is reversible, enamel can be remineralized with very good dental hygiene and special calcium pastes. Of course, this will not happen on its own, so visit to the dentist should be scheduled as soon as possible, “recommends Dr. Mihaela Dan, orthodontist.

7. A filling should last for life

With careful care, an obturation could last for even 20 years, but it is advisable to check and, if necessary, replace it after 7-10 years because it is possible to change the contact with the tooth and favor the appearance of secondary caries.

8. Amalgam fillings (silver) are not harmful but only unsightly

Amalgam fillings, containing 50% mercury, are not the most recommended, because very hot or acidic beverages change them, and teeth gnash them. It is therefore advisable to replace them with composite or ceramic others.

9. A tooth filling can not be carried

Like a natural tooth, a toothed teeth can be worn either on the other surface or on the fill (filling) if not properly groomed.

10. Postponing the filling of a carious tooth will not lead to serious consequences

Unfortunately, avoiding a visit to a dentist can cause serious problems.




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